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Sewer starts design phase

Plans for a sewage system on Spouts Springs Road have made it to the drawing board.

The Gainesville City Council and the Hall County Commission have given permission to Rochester and Associates to design sewage lines and a sewage pump station that would serve a future school complex and future developments on the South Hall road.

April 19, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Hall County Planning Commission approves items

  • Whit and Pat Powell requested the county review a 37-acre tract at 6178 Yellow Creek Road for the use of an equestrian boarding facility.
  • George L. Savage requested to amend a condition of the existing residential zoning of a 44-acre tract at 2673 Lee Land Road.
  • HMR Partnership requested to rezone a 35-acre tract at 5490 and 5476 Old Winder Highway from agriculture residential to highway business for the use of an office/warehouse and auto maintenance and retail sales.
  • Hall County Board of Commissioners will review the planning commission's recommendations for final action at 5 p.m. April ...

April 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Commission asked to adopt conduct code

A constituent urged the Hall County Board of Commissioners to address practices of the Hall County clerk of court and a Hall County tax assessor Monday during the board's work session.

Doug Aiken, president of the Hall County Taxpayers Association, addressed the Board of Commissioners regarding the Hall County Clerk of Court Dwight Wood's legal pocketing of passport fees and recent allegations of financial improprieties levied against Hall County Board of Tax Assessor Chairman Emory Martin Jr.

April 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board hears zoning request

In what may have been the world's shortest government meeting, Gainesville's planning and appeals board voted "yes" to a rezoning request and adjourned within 10 minutes.

In a unanimous decision, the board voted Tuesday to recommend approval of Danny Allen's request to rezone nearly an acre of land on Thompson Bridge Road in order to be able to "market" the property for residential or office uses.

April 19, 2008 | Ashley Fielding | Local


Child hospitalized after soup burn

A 6-year-old boy was flown to Grady Memorial Hospital Monday after he was badly burned at a Gainesville restaurant, according to the Gainesville Fire Department. The child received second-degree burns on his face, neck and chest when soup was spilled on him at Kiku Japanese Steak and Sushi on Dawsonville Highway.

April 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville fined $1,000 for sewage spills

The city of Gainesville has agreed to pay the Georgia Environmental Protection Division $1,000 for two minor sewage spills that occurred last year.

April 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Lumpkin deputies arrest man in burglary

Lumpkin County Sheriff's deputies arrested Seth Stephen Thompson, 20, of Dahlonega on Sunday in connection with a burglary of a home on Crabapple Road.

April 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Piedmont College to explore ‘Faces of War’

The effect of war on veterans and their families will be the topic of a panel discussion at Piedmont College in Demorest at 7 tonight.

April 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Fewer houses, more businesses going up

Recently released building permit figures indicate residential building is down 63 percent in unincorporated Hall County so far this year, while commercial building is on a slight upswing.

Last year, 339 residential building permits were obtained from Hall County government from January through March, but only 125 were granted in that same time period this year, according to Hall County Building Inspection Services.

April 19, 2008 | Jessica Jordan | Local


Medical Center Foundation wants to make Hall healthier

If you've got an idea for improving the health of Hall County residents, the Medical Center Foundation wants to hear from you.

April 19, 2008 | Debbie Gilbert | Local


Carpet maker's closing puts Dahlonega in 'crisis'

DAHLONEGA - Less than six months ago, Dahlonega Mayor Gary McCullough met with representatives of Mohawk Carpets to discuss a $3 million to $5 million expansion of their carpet yarn plant in Dahlonega.

April 19, 2008 | Harris Blackwood | Local


Businesses, road reopen after smoke detector in trash can triggers bomb scare

A bomb scare at the Dawsonville branch of the U.S. post office Monday afternoon ended when authorities discovered that a smoke detector was the source of a suspicious beeping from a trash can.

April 19, 2008 | Jeff Gill | Local


Teen arrested near Skelton Road

A 17-year-old Gainesville man was arrested Monday after allegedly spray-painting gang graffiti on Victory Baptist Church. Hall County sheriff's officers saw Victoriano Lopez-Hernandez fighting with two individuals who bound his arms and legs and carried him into a residence on Skelton Road. The individuals were Lopez-Hernandez' brothers, who were trying to keep him from continuing to vandalize the church, officers said. Officers found that Lopez-Hernandez had been drinking, and charged him with underage consumption of alcohol, disorderly conduct, vandalism of a place of worship and violation of the street gang and terrorism act, according to the Hall County Sheriff ...

April 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


US 129 construction closes inside lanes

The inside shoulders and inside lanes of U.S. 129 will be closed in each direction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. through Friday. The closures will start at Ridge Road and run to Athens Street for construction of the new curb and gutter.

April 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


Officials release sketch of robbery suspect

The Gainesville Police Department is continuing its investigation into the armed robbery that occurred March 12 at the Waffle House on Pentee Drive. During the robbery, three black males entered the business. One of them brandished a handgun and demanded cash from the clerk.

April 19, 2008 | From staff reports | Local


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Photo essay: Good Friday Stations of the Cross

Members of St. Michael Catholic Church spend Good Friday at Laurel Park for the living Stations of the Cross.

April 19, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Hall officials seek extension of Glades Reservoir agreement

The Gainesville and Hall County Development Authority on Monday will consider renewing an agreement for the Glades Reservoir project with Hall County and Glade Farm LLC.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Lanier Plaza redevelopment poses traffic problems

If the Lanier Plaza shopping center on Thompson Bridge Road is redeveloped as proposed into a 42,000-square-foot grocery store and accompanying 12-pump fueling station, it will generate 6,627 daily two-way trips down the Gainesville thoroughfare, according to a traffic study performed in late March.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Tuition rates to increase at public institutions

Tuition rates are rising once again at public colleges and universities in Georgia, including the University of North Georgia.

April 18, 2014 | Carly Sharec | Local


Man gets 18 months in motorcycle gang bust

A judge said Friday that although the government's conduct had raised some eyebrows, it didn't excuse the actions of a Gainesville man who served as lookout for federal-agent-initiated drug deals.

April 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Man reported drowned at country club

Gainesville police and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are investigating the reported drowning of a Gainesville man in Lake Lanier.

April 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Man charged in Clermont bank robbery

A Cleveland man has been charged in the Tuesday armed robbery of a North Hall County bank.

April 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


DOT crews plan work on I-985, I-85 next week

Crews will be working next week on Interstate 985 in Hall County and Interstate 85 in Jackson County, the Georgia Department of Transportation said.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Fire damages Atlanta Highway house in Flowery Branch

Hall County firefighters were called to a blaze on Atlanta Highway in Flowery Branch this afternoon.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Gainesville man pleads guilty in $12 robbery case

The most serious violent felonies were dropped against a Gainesville man after he pleaded guilty to robbery Wednesday in Hall County Superior Court.

April 18, 2014 | Emma Witman | Local


Gainesville school officials implement new juvenile code changes

Gainesville schools have eliminated about 700 days of out-of-school suspension for students this academic year after implementing changes from the state juvenile code.

April 18, 2014 | Joshua Silavent | Local


Man charged in April 5 wreck in East Hall

A Grandview, Wash., man has been charged with misdemeanor vehicular homicide in an April 5 wreck in East Hall County that resulted in the death of a Gainesville woman.

April 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Residents offer feedback over lakefront reassessments

Blane Spence seemed satisfied with the presentation concerning property reassessments, but what the Flowery Branch lake dweller had trouble swallowing is how his tax money is spent.

April 18, 2014 | Jeff Gill | Local


Send us your summer events for Splash leisure guide

The annual Splash summer leisure guide will be published with The Times on May 25.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


Annual burn ban to begin on May 1

The Georgia Environmental Protection Division's burn ban that applies to 54 counties, including Hall and several others in Northeast Georgia, is set to begin May 1.

April 18, 2014 | From staff reports | Local


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